Celebrating Christmas in Norway on Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken


Finnmarken is one of Hurtigruten’s 11 ships that sail year-round along the Norwegian coast, round trip 12 days from Bergen to Kirkenes, making some 65 port calls ranging from 15 minutes to more than four hours.



The 2002-built, 15,690-ton Finnmarken can accommodate up to 740 passengers in staterooms and another 250-day passengers, as well as cargo and up to 47 cars.


The current Christmas cruise includes large contingents of passengers from India and China in addition to passengers from South Africa, Australia, the UK, Germany and the United States.


Winter attractions include Norway’s nature, including the Northern Lights, and shore excursions ranging from sightseeing to dog sledging, cross-country skiing and mountain hiking.


The culinary experience is focused around Hurtigruten’s Coastal Kitchen concept, featuring ingredients and dishes native to Norway.

Northern Lights

(Photos by Angela Reale Mathisen and Oivind Mathisen)

Fred. Olsen’s four ships converge on Bergen

All four ships in Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet have come together for the first time in Bergen today (Tuesday).

Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch carrying almost 4,000 passengers have converged on Norway’s second city for a joint ‘Four Bs in Bergen’ celebration.

All four ships arrived in the port of Bergen at 8am and will depart at 6pm.

The Fred Olsen Company originated in the village of Hvitsten, outside Oslo, in 1848, when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

The company is now into the fifth generation of the family.

Managing director, Mike Rodwell, said: “This is a very special occasion for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and we know that the city of Bergen is looking forward to welcoming our fleet on this unique day.

“We are committed to the city of Bergen – known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ – on our Norwegian cruise itineraries.

“The Olsen association with Bergen can be traced a long way back, probably as far as the original Olsen brothers themselves, and we shared in a very successful partnership with Bergen Line during the 1960s and 1970s.

“In fact, the number of days that Fred Olsen ships have spent in Bergen from 2006 to 2015 is 176 in total, and we know that the city is a highlight to many of our guests on cruises to our historic homeland.”

Disney Magic makes inaugural calls at Norwegian ports

Disney Magic’s Inaugural Visit To Norway
Rebecca GibsonDisney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic made inaugural calls at the Norwegian ports of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen on 27 May, and 9, 10 and 11 June respectively.

Disney Magic visited the ports as part of her first-ever Norwegian Fjords itinerary, enabling guests to visit the destinations that inspired the kingdom of Arendelle in Disney’s animated movie Frozen. While in Alesund, guests also had the opportunity to meet with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff, characters from the film.

The ship will return to Bergen on 27 June and make two further visits to Stavanger on 22 June and 2 July.

Disney Magic will return to Norway in summer 2016, making three calls at Stavanger.